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After Schedule 24
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD BRABAZON OF TARA
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
 
358YAA       Insert the following new Schedule-- 
 ("SCHEDULE 
 ENVIRONMENT STRATEGY GROUP FOR LONDON 
 Membership 
 
        1.--(1)  The Environment Strategy Group for London shall consist of such number of members as the Mayor may from time to time determine.
        (2)  The members shall be appointed by the Mayor.
        (3)  The members shall be individuals--
      (a)  who are representatives of such bodies concerned with relevant matters as the Mayor considers appropriate; or
      (b)  who have knowledge, experience or expertise which is relevant to the functions of the Environment Strategy Group for London.
        (4)  Before appointing any member, the Mayor shall consult such bodies or persons as he considers appropriate.
        (5)  Before making an appointment by virtue of sub-paragraph (3)(a) above, the Mayor shall consult the authoritative body concerned.
        (6)  In sub-paragraph (3)(a) above "relevant matters" means any of the matters in relation to which the Environment Strategy may contain policy.
        (7)  In paragraph (6) above "Environment Strategy" means all strategies on which the Environment Strategy Group is to be consulted.
 
 Tenure of office 
 
        2.--(1)  The members of the Environment Strategy Group for London shall hold and vacate office in accordance with the terms of their appointment.
        (2)  The terms of appointment of a member shall be such as the Mayor may determine.
        (3)  But a member may at any time resign his membership by giving notice to the Mayor.
        (4)  A person who ceases to be a member shall be eligible for re-appointment.
 
 Members' expenses 
 
        3.  The Mayor may pay members of the Environment Strategy Group for London allowances in respect of travel or other expenses properly incurred by them.
 
 Staff, facilities and money 
 
        4.  The Mayor may provide the Environment Strategy Group for London with--
      (a)  staff,
      (b)  accommodation, equipment or other facilities, or
      (c)  sums of money towards defraying expenses properly incurred by them in carrying out their functions.
 
 Proceedings 
 
        5.--(1)  The quorum of the Environment Strategy Group for London and the arrangements relating to their meetings shall be such as they may determine.
        (2)  The validity of proceedings of the Environment Strategy Group for London is not affected by any vacancy among the members or any defect in the appointment of any member.")
 
  
BY THE EARL OF CAITHNESS
 
358YAB*         Insert the following new Schedule-- 
 ("SCHEDULE 
 THE LONDON PLANNING COMMITTEE 
 Membership 
 
        1.--(1)  The London Planning Committee shall consist of seventeen members, of whom--
      (a)  nine ("the Assembly representatives") shall be Assembly members appointed by the Assembly; and
      (b)  the remainder ("the borough representatives") shall be members of London borough councils appointed by the Assembly on the nomination of the London borough councils acting jointly.
        (2)  The Assembly shall exercise its power to appoint members under sub-paragraph (1)(a) above so as to ensure that, so far as practicable, the members for whose appointment it is responsible reflect the balance of parties for the time being prevailing among the members of the Assembly.
        (3)  The London borough councils shall exercise their power to nominate members under sub-paragraph (1)(b) above so as to ensure that, so far as practicable, the members for whose nomination they are responsible reflect the balance of parties for the time being prevailing among the members of those councils taken as a whole.
        (4)  The Secretary of State may by order vary any of the numbers for the time being specified in sub-paragraph (1) above, but the number of the Assembly representatives must exceed by one the number of the borough representatives.
 
 Tenure of office 
 
        2.--(1)  A member of the London Planning Committee shall hold office for the period of one year or such shorter period as the Assembly may decide.
        (2)  The Assembly may renew the appointment of a member, except that he may not renew the appointment of a borough representative if, not less than one month before the end of the borough representative's term of office, the London borough councils have notified the Assembly of their nomination in accordance with paragraph 1 above of another person to succeed that borough representative.
        (3)  The Assembly may at any time, by giving notice to a member of the London Planning Committee, terminate the member's appointment, if he is satisfied that the member is unable or unfit for any reason to discharge his functions as a member.
        (4)  A member may at any time resign his office by notice delivered to the proper officer of the London Planning Committee, and the resignation shall take effect upon receipt of the notice by that officer.
        (5)  A person who ceases to be a member of the London Planning Committee shall be eligible for re-appointment.
 
 Chairman and vice-chairman 
 
        3.--(1)  The London Planning Committee shall in each year elect a chairman and vice-chairman from among its members.
        (2)  The appointment under sub-paragraph (2) above shall be the first business transacted at the annual meeting of the London Planning Committee.
        (3)  The London Planning Committee may pay to the chairman and vice-chairman for the purpose of enabling him to meet the expenses of his office such allowance as the London Planning Committee thinks reasonable.
        (4)  If the chairman or vice-chairman ceases to be a member of the London Planning Committee he shall also cease to be chairman or vice-chairman.
 
 Disqualification 
 
        4.--(1)  A person shall be disqualified from being appointed or being a member of the London Planning Committee if he holds any paid office or employment (other than the office of chairman or vice-chairman of the London Planning Committee) appointments to which may be made or confirmed--
      (a)  by the London Planning Committee or any committee or sub-committee of the London Planning Committee; or
      (b)  by a joint committee on which the London Planning Committee is represented; or
      (c)  by any person holding any such office or employment.
        (2)  An employee of the London Planning Committee who is employed under the direction of a joint committee--
      (a)  on which the London Planning Committee is represented, and
      (b)  any member of which is appointed on the nomination of a joint Committee or a local authority,
    shall be disqualified from being appointed or being a member of that other joint Committee or from being elected or being a member of that local authority, as the case may be.
        (3)  In sub-paragraph (2) above, "local authority" includes the Authority and, in relation to the Authority, "member" means Mayor or Assembly member.
 
 Failure to attend meetings 
 
        5.  Section 6 of this Act shall apply in relation to the London Planning Committee as it applies in relation to the Assembly.
 
 Loss of a member's qualifying office 
 
        6.--(1)  Where--
      (a)  an Assembly representative ceases to be an Assembly member, or
      (b)  a borough representative ceases to be a member of a London borough council, his appointment as a member of the London Planning Committee shall also cease.
        (2)  Where a person ceases to be a member of the London Planning Committee by virtue of sub-paragraph (1) above, the Assembly or, as the case may be, the London borough council concerned shall as soon as practicable give notice of that fact to the London Planning Committee.
        (3)  For the purposes of the preceding provisions of this paragraph, a person shall not be regarded--
      (a)  as ceasing to be an Assembly member where the cessation occurs by virtue only of the expiration of his term of office as an Assembly member, or
      (b)  as ceasing to be a member of a London borough council where he retires by virtue of paragraph 6(3) of Schedule 2 to the Local Government Act 1972 (retirement of London borough councillors),
    if he is re-elected as such a member not later than the day of the cessation or retirement.
 
 Filling of vacancies 
 
        7.--(1)  Where an Assembly representative ceases to be a member of the London Planning Committee, the Assembly shall, as soon as reasonably practicable after the occurrence of the vacancy, exercise his power under paragraph 1(1)(a) above to fill the vacancy.
        (2)  Where a borough representative ceases to be a member of the London Planning Committee, the London borough councils shall, not later than one month after the occurrence of the vacancy, exercise their power under paragraph 1(1)(b) above to nominate to the Assembly another member of a London borough council to fill the vacancy.
        (3)  Section 243(1) of the Local Government Act 1972 (which provides for things falling to be done on Sundays, public holidays etc. to be done on the first subsequent working day) shall apply to sub-paragraph (2) above.
 
 Term of office of person appointed to fill a vacancy 
 
        8.  Where--
      (a)  a person ceases to be a member of the London Planning Committee otherwise than by virtue of the expiration of his term of office, and
      (b)  another person is appointed in his place,
    the term of office of the person so appointed shall be the unexpired residue of the term of office for which the person ceasing to be a member was appointed.
 
 Meetings and proceedings 
 
        9.--(1)  Paragraph 1 of Schedule 12 to the Local Government Act 1972 (annual meeting of principal council) shall apply in relation to the London Planning Committee as it applies in relation to a principal council, except that the annual meeting shall be held on such day between 1st March and 30th June (both inclusive) as the London Planning Committee may fix.
        (2)  Paragraphs 2 to 5 of that Schedule shall apply in relation to the London Planning Committee as they apply in relation to a principal council, except that the number of persons mentioned in paragraph 3(2) shall be three.
        (3)  No business shall be transacted at a meeting of the London Planning Committee unless at least five members are present, of whom--
      (a)  at least one is an Assembly representative; and
      (b)  at least one is a borough representative.
        (4)  Part VI of that Schedule (provisions relating to local authorities generally) shall apply in relation to the London Planning Committee as it applies in relation to a joint Committee established by Part IV of the Local Government Act 1985.
 
 The first meeting of the London Planning Committee 
 
        10.  The first meeting shall be convened, and held at a place appointed by, the Assembly.
 
 Validity of acts done by unqualified persons 
 
        11.  The acts and proceedings of any person appointed to an office under this Schedule and acting in that office shall, notwithstanding his disqualification or want of qualification, be as valid and effectual as if he had been qualified.
 
 Application of this Schedule in relation to the Common Council 
 
        12.  The Common Council of the City of London shall be treated for the purposes of this Schedule as if it were a London borough council.")
 
  
After Clause 262
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD BRABAZON OF TARA
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
 
358ZA       Insert the following new Clause-- 
 
        ("  .  The Mayor and the GLA will, by 2030, reconstitute the pension scheme of the London Fire Brigade moving it from the present unfunded scheme to a fully funded pension scheme.")
London Fire Brigade pension scheme.
 
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